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Bathroom Makeover Day 15: It’s All In The Details

Have you ever spent hours and hours on a room, installing trim, caulking trim, priming trim, painting trim, and doing all other kinds of little detail work, only to get to the end of your day, take a look at the room, and think to yourself, “It looks like I haven’t done a darn thing today!!!!

Welcome to Day 15 of my bathroom makeover.

Yesterday was all about trim. My mirror is installed now, so that definitely made a big difference in the room.

Bathroom makeover day 15 - mosaic mirror above the vanity

I absolutely love how it looks over the vanity!!

But other than that one big change, the rest of it was tedious, time-consuming, frustrating stuff that I know in my mind makes all the difference in the world in a finished room, but seems like such a waste of time when I’m actually doing the work. Know what I mean?

I got all of the trim installed on the faux wood plank walls. I got all of the trim and baseboards installed around the tub and toilet (which was NOT easy with the toilet there, but since I’ve already uninstalled and reinstalled that thing twice, I was NOT about to do it again just to install some trim.)

Bathroom makeover day 15 - trim behind toilet and around the tub

(By the way, my vanity is not that dark and gold. The first picture is more accurate…at least it is on my computer. That picture above makes it look way too dark and harsh.)

I got the trim installed on both sides of the door.

Bathroom makeover day 15 - trim installed around door

I got all of the trim caulked, and all of the nail holes filled with wood filler. And then I got quite a bit of it painted.

So in reality, it was a very productive day. I just really hate installing, caulking, wood filling, sanding, priming, and painting trim. I’d rather do just about anything else than do trim.

BUT…it’s a necessary part of the process.

I also took the advice that many of you gave me regarding my light situation. Since the original glass shades on the light didn’t allow enough clearance between them and the wall for my mirror frame to fit, I just picked up some new smaller glass shades.

Bathroom makeover day 15 - new glass shades for bathroom light

That was certainly a much easier solution that what I had planned!!!

I also used some leftover cedar 2″ x 4″ lumber (leftover from my elevated garden beds that I made last summer), and cut six pieces into 26″ lengths. Then I sanded them with 80-grit sandpaper, followed by 150-grit sandpaper, and gave them a coat of Early American stain (Minwax).

Bathroom makeover day 15 - 2" x 4" lumber cut for shelves

I’m hoping that these will become shelves over the toilet, so we’ll see if that works out. It might end up being too much wood, in which case, I’ll just go with white. But since I already had the cedar 2″ x 4″ lumber on hand, and my countertop is made of cedar, I thought it might be worth a try.

Which reminds me, I also got two more coats of polyurethane applied to my countertop yesterday. Wet polyurethane was difficult to work around, especially when I was caulking, wood filling, and sanding trim in the room. But somehow, I made it work.

And the last thing I accomplished was painting my door…or at least, part of my door.

Bathroom makeover day 15 - painted door

I got all of the inside parts painted, and just needed to paint the outside areas, but I ran out of time. It was 1:30am, and Matt was insisting that we go to bed “at a reasonable time”. 😀 That made me giggle. I’m not sure there’s anything “reasonable” about working on a bathroom makeover until 1:30am. And truth be told, if he was capable of sleeping without me in the room (it’s sweet that he can’t sleep without me there, but also a bit frustrating for me), I probably would have worked all night just to get all of the trim work finished…completely.

I have five more days to meet my 20-day bathroom makeover goal. I’m pretty sure I can do it.



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  1. Love it..I have been working on my half bath starting small..I copied the oregano green like with the wrapped jute..hanging it today..love your site and all you share..will be excited to see every room.

  2. The mirror looks beautiful over the dressing table!!! Everything is coming together! Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

  3. it looks great and the mirror does make such a big difference in the room! all those tedious bits and pieces might be just that – tedious – but as you say yourself, they are the things that make the result perfect… But projects such as the vanity or the mirror are far more satisfying because they are so much more visible… I keep my fingers crossed for the deadline – you’ll make it, I’m sure!

  4. Wow, that is coming along so nicely! Trim work is such a necessary part, but it is very detailed. It definitely adds a finishing touch when done right like this. It’s getting exciting! Your mirror looks amazing! Sharon

  5. Oh, it’s really coming together now! It really does look almost finished now, I think 5 more days is plenty of time, but who am I kiding, I’m not the one doing the work. Your mirror looks fantastic, it really looks like tile in the picture where you show your light fixture, you can see the reflection well. You can do it!!

  6. Looking good! When we redo things, I don’t like all the little bits you have to do to finish it up, but like you said it has to been done!

  7. You sure know how to get the most out of you day! That mirror looks amazing and you’ve gotten a lot done with the trim/painting. That bathroom is amazing! Can’t wait to see the last few projects completed. Way to go Kristi!

  8. I LOVE the mirror. The perfect creamy yellow on the cabinet. I can’t wait to see your shower curtain….I’m sure it will be fantastic! I check everyday to see what you’ve been up to……

  9. I can totally relate to that feeling of just wanting to keep working until it is ALL done. Too bad about that need for sleep… It’s looking great!!

  10. You’re doing a fantastic job! I am IN LOVE with that teal/blue color on the walls. Keep going! I hate the little finishing touches…that’s when it feels like it’s NEVER gonna get done. What is the saying? The devil’s in the details? Awesome! ~Tammy

  11. I have always wondered how come the smallest room in the house can be the hardest to do, and sometimes the most expensive. You’re doing a grand job

  12. Kristi, your bathroom is looking wonderful! I can’t wait to see the final reveal!

    I’m so envious of your talent. I have work that needs to be done in my house, but I’m not sure I have the skill to even THINK about doing it, much less actually do it!!

    Good luck with your deadline! You go, girl! 🙂